Peshmerga commander explains recent ISIS attacks in Kirkuk, Diyala


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SULAIMANI — Colonel Bakhtiar Hama-Salih, the Deputy Commander of the 5th Brigade of Peshmerga Forces, said on Tuesday (May 24) that Iraqi forces do not leave their headquarters at night at the front lines against the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

Hama-Salih told Voice of America (VOA) that ISIS militants come and go as they please only 50 meters from Iraqi forces headquarters, due to the lack of night-time surveillance.

He said ISIS uses locations with dense vegetation that are suitable for hiding and Iraqi forces fail to carry out operations to track them.

Regarding recent ISIS attacks in Diyala and Kirkuk governorates, Hama-Salih said the terror group took advantage of dusty weather to attack there.

Six people were killed in two separate ISIS attacks on Monday, one in the village of Basheer in Kirkuk and the other in the village of Eslah in Diyala.

(NRT Digital Media)